Saturday December 3, 2016
United Reform Church, Princes St
Norwich, NR3 1AZ
The Jay Singers’ sumptuous programme in Norwich brought together some of the finest works from two great national choral traditions.
A pre-1900 first half of German motets was followed by 20th Century British writers in the second half.
We travelled over 200 years from JS Bach’s high baroque to Benjamin Britten’s highly inventive modernity, with notable gems in between.
There were a number of stirring themes which blended it all together – worship, love and faith. The words are Shakespeare’s, Luther’s and the splendidly eccentric Christopher Smart.
This was the first time The Jays are performing in the exquisite acoustics of Norwich’s United Reformed Church, and with composers including Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn, as well as Stanford and Vaughan Williams, our ex-Sixteen musical director Neil MacKenzie chose for us an equally exquisite programme.
Fresh from our triumphant summer concert in Sheringham in June, we were again accompanied by Norwich’s Roman Catholic Cathedral organist Neil Ricketts, who as in Sheringham added to the delight of the evening with two solos of his own.
Lobet den Herren | JS Bach
‘St Anne’ Fugue | JS Bach (Neil Ricketts organ solo)
Liebe, dir ergeb’ ich mich – Love, I give myself unto you & Ich will dich lieben, meine Krone – I wish to love you, My Crown (Op 18 Numbers 1 & 2) | Peter Cornelius
Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd) | Franz Schubert
Warum ist das Licht Gegeben (Wherefore is the Light given) | Johannes Brahms
Three Motets | Charles Villiers Stanford
Carillon on Orientis Partibus | Arthur Wills (Neil Ricketts organ solo)
Three Shakespeare Songs | Ralph Vaughan Williams
Rejoice in the Lamb | Benjamin Britten